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Voyageurs National Park was established in 1975, but the stories of people who lived in this place stretch much farther back in time.

The first people to travel to this region came thousands of years ago, after the last of the glaciers had melted away and left this low landscape of expansive lakes and wetlands.

Many people called this place home before the European demand for beaver pelts brought fur traders into the region. The voyageurs, who paddled large birch bark canoes carrying trade goods and furs between the Canadian northwest and Montreal, continue to inspire the imagination of today's park visitors.

This landscape was also home to people that sought to make their living off the land through logging, mining, commercial fishing, and recreation.

Did You Know?

Park volunteer, Ida Mainville steers a canoe full of modern-day voyageurs.

You can see the park just as the voyageurs did over 200 years ago. Each summer the park offers guided trips aboard a 26-foot North Canoe.